WACO, TX - SEPTEMBER 10: Terence Williams #22 of the Baylor Bears carries the ball against the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the second half at McLane Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 40: Baylor RB Terence Williams

Posted July 24th, 2017

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The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.

Who is he?

The Big 12’s third-leading returning rusher might be a little under the radar by the time Texas rolls into Waco. Baylor coach Matt Rhule announced at Big 12 media days that Terence Williams will miss at least the first three games due to off-season shoulder surgery. Even if his stats are down, Williams should still be one of the league’s best in 2017. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound back from Ennis rushed for 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns and had a 5.7 yards per carry average last season.

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What should the Longhorns watch for?

The Longhorns — and their fans — already know what Williams can do. Despite not touching the ball for most of the first quarter, he finished with 24 carries for 180 yards and a touchdown at Royal-Memorial Stadium. He’ll have most of his offensive line back, including 6-5, 310-pound Patrick Lawrence, and under Rhule the Bears should be run-first. Williams does a lot of his damage between the tackles, but he has plenty of top-end speed once he gets past the second level. He’s also not afraid of contact. At all.

Previous encounters

Tom Herman hasn’t been eager to watch much film of the Longhorns of 2016, but he might want to pull this one out before Oct. 28. Texas missed a lot of chances to bring Williams down. New defensive coordinator Todd Orlando won’t accept arm tackling, but it takes full effort to bring down the Bears’ main weapon.

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

No. 57: Ty Johnson

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji

No. 53: K.J. Smith

No. 52: JaMycal Hasty

No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

No. 50: Taylor Young

No. 49: Joseph Noteboom

No. 48: Kenny Hill

No. 47: Jeff Badet

No. 46: Tre Flowers

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

No. 44: Bobby Evans

No. 43: Austin Seibert

No. 42: Patrick Lawrence

No. 41: Winston Dimel

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